Where did Saul of Tarsus get the authority to arrest Christians in Damascus?

The Sanhedrin was the religious court in Jerusalem that was required to comply with the laws of Rome. Jerusalem was in the Roman province of Judea. Damascus, hundreds of miles away, was in the seperate Roman province of Syria with its own governor. Roman law ruled in the province of Syria just like it did in the... show more The Sanhedrin was the religious court in Jerusalem that was required to comply with the laws of Rome. Jerusalem was in the Roman province of Judea. Damascus, hundreds of miles away, was in the seperate Roman province of Syria with its own governor. Roman law ruled in the province of Syria just like it did in the province of Judea and every other Roman province. Roman law was fairly tolerant of different religions, (there was no persecution of Christians at that time) and would surely look down on anyone coming from a different province, armed only with documents from a religious Judeian court that had no juristiction in Syria. Why did Saul think he was going to get away with breaking Roman law by essetially kidnaping people in Syria and dragging them back to Jerusalem? Or did he just make it all up?
Update: Even as a Roman citizen, he would not have the authority to arrest people just because they believed something different than him. Saul also only used his Roman citizenship when he himself was in a jam, when the Religious laws of Judea were about to get him strung up, he appealed to the governor, that as a Roman he... show more Even as a Roman citizen, he would not have the authority to arrest people just because they believed something different than him. Saul also only used his Roman citizenship when he himself was in a jam, when the Religious laws of Judea were about to get him strung up, he appealed to the governor, that as a Roman he had the right to appeal to the Emperor.
Update 2: The Sanhedrin had no authority in Syria, which was not part of Judea, was not a Jewish province, and whose citizens enjoyed the protection of Roman law.
Update 3: Mr Teal has also missed the point. The Sanhedrin was the highest religious authority in Judea, Damascaus was not in Judea, it was in Syria, which was not a Jewish province.
Update 4: I guess that there is no reasonable answer to this question since everyone continues to ignore the basic fact.

Therefore I must conclude that Saul made the whole thing up.
Update 5: No Suzanne, you have missed the point. Syria was not an independent country, it was a Roman province seperate from the province of Judea. Jewish law did not have any weight in the Roman, pagan, province of Syria. The governor of Syria would surely be put out by some Jew waving papers around from some foreign... show more No Suzanne, you have missed the point. Syria was not an independent country, it was a Roman province seperate from the province of Judea. Jewish law did not have any weight in the Roman, pagan, province of Syria. The governor of Syria would surely be put out by some Jew waving papers around from some foreign religion's court saying he could arrest those he wanted to in Syria. Bottom line is that Saul did not have the authority, not as a Roman citizen, not as an agent of the Sanhedrin, or any other authority to arrest people in the province of Syria and transport them to the province of Judea. it is an incident that was fabricated to make Sauls so called conversion seem more dramatic.
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